So you know you have an accent and you may sometimes not be understood when you speak English. Perhaps your confidence is low when it comes to speech. But you know how to speak English, you know the grammar and can pretty much say whatever you need to in order to function in an English speaking community or workplace. But still something is bothering you about the way you speak.
There are distinct variations of the Australian Accent and the ability to understand Australian speakers can sometimes be a challenge for non-native speakers.
So you have the skills and qualifications required to do the job, you know English very well, but you speak with an accent. You get an interview, but fail to secure the job.
Can it be that your accent is hurting your career? Do accents really make a difference when it comes to the employer deciding who the successful applicant will be?
If you find it difficult to achieve the results you want in the IELTS Speaking test, this story will show you how one person got great results in the IELTS Speaking test and achieved her dream.
Did you know that people tend to make trust-related judgements based on the tone of voice we use when speaking?
Research has shown that we tend to believe and trust people who speak in a confident tone of voice compared to those who don’t.
The following hints, tips and strategies will help you achieve a higher score in your next IELTS Speaking test:-
Recent changes to Australian citizenship rules, means that people wanting to apply for Australian citizenship now need to increase their level of English language proficiency. Following the Prime Minister's recent announcement, it is now more important than ever to ensure English skills meet the minimum requirement of at least an IELTS level 6 standard.
Questions we often get asked about the IELTS test include "can I improve my IELTS score?" and "if so how can I improve my IELTS test score?" There are a few points to note in answer to these questions.
The following hints will help you to increase your score in the IELTS writing test
The following hints will help you to make the most of your time in the IELTS Reading test. Pay attention to these, as failing to do so, could mean the loss of valuable marks.
Do you live in Australia and work with Australian colleagues or clients? Sometimes it can be frustrating when you have to repeat what you say, because others don’t understand your accent. You may have fantastic technical skills and be brilliant at your job, but find it difficult communicating clearly in English. Learning to speak like an Australian with an Australian Accent, can make your life a little easier.
How can I do that you ask. Well that is a very good question. Firstly, let’s look at what it means to speak like an Australian.
It's almost the end of the financial year again and as we all prepare to submit our return for this financial year, a question we often get asked is "Can I claim the course as a tax deduction?".
If you are eligible to claim the cost of the course as a tax deduction, it can reduce the overall cost of the course to you.
A UWS Marcs Institute study found that Australian infants have difficulty understanding the Australian accent. Interestingly they found that while Australian English is a more relaxed style of the English language, it can also make it hard for babies to learn new words.
What does this research mean for adult learners?
With the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing that unemployment rates are slowly rising in Australia, largely due to today's difficult economy, the job market is becoming more competitive. Now more than ever, we need to think about making ourselves more valuable at work.
But how do we become an indispensable employee?
The following 5 tips will help you become a more valuable in the workplace:-
Consider this question - Can having a foreign accent influence a person’s credibility?
Indeed both the speaker AND the listener may not be aware of this, but research has revealed that the answer is...